Chrome OS 88 is formally obtainable for all customers and with this replace got here a set of helpful new options akin to tab search and the all-new Chromebook screensaver. While there are many shiny new gems to play with, there are some hidden options in Chrome OS 88 that you would be able to allow with little or no effort and revel in and add to your Chromebook toolbox. We’ve coated every of those options sooner or later as they moved their approach up from the Canary channel however now, you’ll be able to allow every of them within the Stable channel with simply the flip of a swap. Robby put collectively a fast video to spotlight these hidden options and present you how you can allow them now in Chrome OS 88. Check it out. Enabling FlagsCaveats do apply right here. Accessing these new options requires you to allow “experimental” flags in your Chrome OS gadget. You can accomplish that by heading to chrome://flags in your Chromebook or Chromebox. Keep in thoughts that these are experimental and as chances are you’ll discover on the flags web page, that comes with a warning. These flags, specifically, have been examined by our workforce on quite a few events and we use a few of them commonly. They are very steady and seem like working because the builders supposed. That mentioned, chances are you’ll expertise a hiccup right here or there. If you discover one in every of these flags to be unstable, you’ll be able to merely head again to the Chrome flags web page and choose “reset all” to set the whole lot again to default. When you allow or disable a flag, bear in mind to save lots of any work you will have open as Chrome will immediate you to restart the browser and something you will have open shall be misplaced. Ready? Okay, shifting on.Scanning ToolPrinting has come a good distance on Chrome OS over the previous few years however Google has acknowledged the necessity for extra built-in options for all-in-one units. The capability to scan from a Chromebook as soon as required putting in an Android app or heading to the printer’s IP handle and even then, the outcomes had been hit and miss. With the brand new Scanning UI, any network-connected printers that work together with your Chromebook and are able to scanning will now present up as an choice to scan paperwork. I’ve tried this on a handful of HP printers in addition to an Epson and it really works very nicely. There’s nonetheless some work to be finished earlier than customers can save to a PDF however for now, you’ll be able to nonetheless save your scans as a picture file. The Scanning device even acknowledges the obtainable choices of your particular printer akin to DPI choices and whether or not or not you’ve a flatbed, feeder, or each. To activate the brand new scanning device, go to chrome://flags and seek for “scanning UI.” Alternatively, you’ll be able to simply level your browser to chrome://flags/#scanning-ui after which, restart Chrome. Your scanning device will now present up in your app launcher and the system settings menu.Reading RecordWhen the “learn later” or studying checklist function first popped up, we actually weren’t positive what would differentiate it from the normal bookmarks we see within the Chrome browser. However, this helpful little add-on is definitely very helpful for including content material to a saved area to be consumed later with out cluttering up Chrome’s bookmark bar. With this flag enabled, you’ll be able to click on the bookmark star icon within the Omnibox or head to the bookmarks tab of Chrome’s settings and now you’ll have the choice to create a bookmark or add to your studying checklist. Once added to the studying checklist, is a fast method to return to saved webpages and shortly mark them as learn or just delete them to take them off of the checklist. To allow, head to the Chrome flags web page and seek for “studying checklist” or level your browser to chrome://flags/read-later. Restart your browser and also you now have a pleasant little folder on the far–proper facet of your bookmarks bar.Screen Capture Take a look atWe’ve been monitoring the brand new Chrome OS display screen seize and recording device for months however Google has lastly made an official announcement concerning the function. In an effort to higher equip educators and college students, the revamps screenshot device will start rolling out with the subsequent main replace to Chrome OS that’s slated for the start of March. The new display screen seize device provides a ton of latest performance to the in-built screenshot function that we’re all accustomed to in Chrome OS. Once enabled, the normal Ctrl+ F4(overview key) will nonetheless take a full screenshot however urgent the partial screenshot key will current you with a model new set of instruments. You can now transfer your screenshot round and resize it to get precisely what you need within the picture as an alternative of getting to crop the photograph on the again finish. More importantly, the brand new device presents the power to take display screen recordings of your total display screen, choose home windows, and even take partial recordings of a particular part of your show. If you head to the Chrome flags web page and search “display screen seize” you will note the flag. You may also level your browser to chrome://flags/#screen-capture and it is going to be proper on the prime entrance and middle so that you can allow. Enable that flag, restart Chrome and now your new display screen seize device is prepared at your command.These hidden instruments in Chrome OS 88 are distinctive options to reinforce your workflow and I’d advocate giving them a attempt if you end up needing these sorts of instruments frequently. It shall be a bit of over a month earlier than we see Chrome OS 89 hit the Stable channel however we’re anticipating a cartload of latest options and I’m assured that we’ll discover some extra hidden options that you could be be thinking about making an attempt out. Stay tuned.